Daily Dispatch

Rhodes home town changes museum’s name


A museum and art centre in the house where 19th century British colonialis­t Cecil Rhodes was born is changing its name after protests from anti-racism campaigner­s.

The Rhodes Art Complex will become South Mill Arts on August 24, following calls to stop glorifying an imperialis­t who annexed swathes of southern

Africa as part of the British empire and paved the way for racial segregatio­n in SA.

The Rhodes Birthplace Trust said it is changing its name to Bishop’s Stortford Museum and Arts Charitable Incorporat­ed Organisati­on.

A wave of anti-racism protests sweeping across the US and Europe has reignited a debate about statues and buildings glorifying Britain’s imperialis­t past.

Oxford University’s Oriel College said in June that it wanted to remove its Rhodes statue after renewed protests by #RhodesMust­Fall campaigner­s, inspired by South Africans who pushed Cape Town University to remove its Rhodes statue.

The trust’s chairperso­n, Deirdre Glasgow, said in a statement that it would not “participat­e in any attempt to eradicate Cecil Rhodes from our history”.

Instead they would provide visitors with evidence and facts to discover the truth for themselves, she said. —

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